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In Mumbai shops on either side will open on alternate days from June 8 to reduce crowding, and inter-district movement of people is allowed in Mumbai Metropolitan Region from Thursday. Elsewhere the curbs will continue.
After landfall in Alibaug the cyclone has moved over Nashik and Pune and is forecast to bring heavy rain and storm in Indore, Ujjain and other areas in Madhya Pradesh over the next few days.

Landfall at Alibaug beach between
1 pm and 4 pm at 130 kmph

Nisarga cyclone will hit the coast of Alibaug, 100 km south of Mumbai city, between 1 pm and 4 pm Wednesday. It will carry a destructive power of 130 kmph. Anticipate a storm surge of 1 to 2 metres (3-6 feet). Heavy downpour and floods will follow. Could be devastating.

  • Flood alert in Mumbai, Thane
  • IMD red alert for Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts
  • Damaging winds of 130 kmph is likely.
  • Widespread rainfall amounts of more than 100 mm (4 inches) are possible across southern Gujarat and Maharashtra.
  • In addition to the heavy rain, coastal flooding and storm surge will be a concern.
  • Locations along the coast, on the southern and eastern side of the eye of the cyclone, can anticipate a storm surge of 1 to 2 metres (3-6 feet), warns Accuweather.
  • Airlines cancel flights

DO's & DON'Ts

  1. Remain indoors during cyclone
  2. If outside, stay away from objects, trees and buildings
  3. Dial national disaster helpline in emergency: 011-1078
  4. Keep phone in power-saving mode
  5. It is advisable to carry a waterproof cover or plastic to cover/wrap the phone because a wet battery can blast
  6. Don't walk in running floodwaters
  7. Use a stick to check the depth of the water
  8. Beware of deep holes like manholes below the floodwaters
  9. It's always better to keep away from floodwaters even if you know swimming
  10. Check firmness of the ground in front of you at every step
  • Violence and arson continue in dozens of US cities over the killing of Floyd, a Black man, in police custody by a White officer.
  • There was arson around White House on Sunday and Monday evening.
  • The widespread outpouring of outrage over Floyd's death is spilling on to other countries even.
  • The stream of protests was feeding on easily aroused European sensibilities, or lending China and Iran an opportunity.
  • On the Berlin wall, aside his visage, there are inciting graffiti scrawled of Floyd's last words, "I can't breathe.
Even as the corona situation in India is not coming under control, what is worse is the confusion about what restrictions apply where. With the Centre allowing free movement of people and goods across the country, and at the same time allowing the States and districts to decide what they think necessary, even at the Capital's own borders with its satellite towns or at the international airport the public is taken for granted, especially in the absence of reasonable transport.
Dispelling all doubts, the Railways had confirmed on Sunday night that the trains will run as planned from Monday. It said, "All trains are running as planned." And they are now on the track. There are 25.83 lakh passengers booked till June 30. Advance booking can now be done up to 120 days as per the revised schedule. But follow the coronavirus rules. See below:
SpaceX, the space ship built by Elon Musk's private company, has become the first private enterprise sending people into the space. The two NASA astronauts got into the ISS on Sunday morning (US time)
Maharashtra continues to top the list of worst affected States in India, with a huge number of infections compared to other States. While the total number of cases in the country reached 1,82,143 by Saturday, Maharashtra alone accounted for 65,168 cases and half the casualties. Therefore the need to be all the more watchful when the lockdown lifts in phases from Monday.

India unlocks in 3 phases: Malls, restaurants, religious places re-open on June 8

  • Hotels, restaurants, malls, hospitality services and religious places will re-open on June 8
  • Lockdown will continue in the containment zones till June 30
  • Unrestricted movement of people and goods in the country from June 1, except if any State decides otherwise
  • Schools and other educational institutions may start functioning in July.
  • Decision on international flights, metro rails, cinemas later
  • Domestic flights resumed on May 25
  • Trains will run normal service from June 1
  • 'Night Curfew' hours relaxed

Nine more healthcare workers and two resident doctors have tested positive for coronavirus at the AIIMS Delhi, the total there going up to 206.

Locusts pose a very serious risk to flying as they can enter air intake ports in large numbers causing disturbance to plane's control systems while flying. The DGCA has strongly advised that flights should be avoided through locust swarms.
A former bureaucrat, Ajit Jogi became the first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh when the State was formed in 2000. Later he left the Congress to form his own party.
Home Minister Anil Vij claims that people working in Delhi and living in Haryana are responsible for the increase in the covid cases in the State.
The kids were children of migrant workers who had returned from other States after losing their jobs because of coronavirus lockdown.
Mumbai, described as India's New York in many respects, now bears a striking resemblance insofar as the raging coronavirus epidemic is also concerned. While New York is burning, the Mumbai tinderbox is about to get ignited. While Cuomo pleaded not guilty, who is our Nero.
A man of many parts, Veerendra Kumar was an acclaimed socialist, author and thinker who led several parties like the JD-U too. Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu said in his condolence message that the Managing Director of Mathrubhoomi "was always deeply committed to the cause of the deprived and marginalised."

Smarting under a terrible corona impact, the world economy has come to a standstill. Formula One carmaker McLaren is no exception. It is a question of survival for most manufacturers. “It (cutting jobs) is a course of action we have worked hard to avoid," said Paul Walsh, McLaren's chairman.

The night before the domestic flights were to resume, several flights were cancelled due to objections from several Sates.

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